Barry Krakow, MD

Dr. Barry Krakow started in sleep research in 1988 and helped pioneer innovative therapies for chronic nightmare patients. Since 1995, he has practiced sleep medicine full-time and currently operates Maimonides Sleep Arts & Sciences, Ltd., a private sleep medical center specializing in the treatment of sleep disorders such as insomnia and sleep apnea in mental health patients. He is also principal investigator of the Sleep & Human Health Institute, a non-profit research center that focuses on the complex interplay between physiological and psychological sleep disorders. Dr. Krakow’s groundbreaking book, Sound Sleep, Sound Mind (2007) describes in depth the Sleep Dynamic TherapyTM model of clinical sleep medicine, which aids patients and sleep professionals to recognize the critical value of concurrent assessments and treatments for both the mental and physical components rooted within the vast majority of sleep disorders. In 2013, Dr. Krakow joined Classic SleepCare, LLC, as paid Medical Director, a credit to the company’s innovative and unique business model that focuses on sleep-related DME.

Dr. Krakow is currently accepting questions about sleep therapy from the Classic SleepCare patients & the wider public as part of our Expert Insight blog series, email to submit a question.

Dr. Krakow's research team has established many firsts in the field of sleep medicine including:

  • The first randomized controlled study to demonstrate that a cognitive-imagery technique can successfully decrease chronic nightmares without medication or psychotherapy.
  • The first studies to show that trauma survivors suffer inordinately high rates of sleep breathing problems that worsen their insomnia, anxiety, depression, and posttraumatic stress symptoms.
  • The first studies to link sleep breathing problems to insomnia complaints among psychiatric patients.
  • The first case series showing that treatment of sleep breathing problems decreases insomnia problems in many different types of insomnia patients.
  • The first study to show that a large proportion (50%) of sleep center patients with sleep apnea also suffer from clinically significant insomnia symptoms, which may interfere with their efforts to treat their sleep breathing problems.
  • The first study to show that evidence-based sleep medicine treatments could help crime victims with sleep problems.
  • The first study to show that evidence based sleep medicine treatments could help disaster survivors with sleep problems.
  • The first large-scale study to demonstrate a 90% prevalence of sleep apnea among insomnia patients seeking treatment due to the ineffectiveness of their sleep aids. Watch video.

Dr. Krakow's research group is one of the most published on the evaluation and treatment of sleep disorders in mental health patients, including more than 30 peer-reviewed papers and abstracts in this field. In addition, he has authored or co-authored four books on this topic as well.

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